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President Donald Trump continued to cast doubt on the effects of climate change, claiming that his “very high levels of intelligence” have given him pause about the issue.
When asked about a climate change report released by his administration last week, the president did not seem to agree with its findings. Earlier this week, he said something similar, saying he didn’t “believe” in the report’s findings.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself—we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump told the Post. “You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean… As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it—not nearly like it is. Do we want clean water? Absolutely. Do we want clean air to breathe? Absolutely.”
Naturally, Twitter quickly mocked Trump—yet again—for boasting about his intelligence.
“Very high levels of intelligence” is he a comedian now? https://t.co/kj7lpjrTmA— Luce (@lucy6277) November 28, 2018
"very high levels of intelligence"— BC (@bcampbell23) November 28, 2018
*stares directly into eclipse* pic.twitter.com/k8xWheDf6H
"We have very high levels of intelligence ... Oceans are very small." - The dumbest president ever https://t.co/vNfeviyIKd— Bruce Labbate (@blabbate) November 28, 2018
This is not from @TheOnion folks. @realDonaldTrump on climate change: “One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean.”— James (@jameswithadhd) November 28, 2018
"very high levels of intelligence"...... boy do i have news for you pic.twitter.com/9fmsSHYWAT— max (@trenchswm) November 28, 2018
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump said. “You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean.”— Jelle Simons (@jelle_simons) November 27, 2018
Donald J. #Trump in the Washington Post, today. pic.twitter.com/kWud8xIFTy
“Very high levels of intelligence.” pic.twitter.com/AVtusqa6ot— Not Jackie Jensen (@JJensenRF) November 28, 2018
In the interview, Trump also said that oceans are “very small,” which prompted another round of roasting.
Trump: “oceans are very small”— David P Gelles (@gelles) November 28, 2018
Fact: 71 percent of the planet is covered in water pic.twitter.com/hEy21V7oRZ
Oceans are very small? Has he seen a globe? Can we all collectively just start mailing globes to the WH circling the oceans for him? https://t.co/A92PU4nEcb— Amber Addison (@Amber_Addison_) November 28, 2018
On climate change, @realDonaldTrump said: "When you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small," in today's interview with the @washingtonpost. Pictured below: the Pacific Ocean. pic.twitter.com/Wyygjej5xt— Joel Adams (@Journo_JoelA) November 28, 2018
You can read all of the Washington Post‘s interview with the president here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).